Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My first real quilt.

Having only starting sewing this year I don't have many quilts under my belt. So far I have made one shaggy quilt and 2 very plain quillows.

I have for the last 5 months been getting a Block of the Month (BOM) through a quilting shop in Victoria. While I still have 5 months left before I can finish it, I thought I would share what I have done.

I'm waiting for the ric-rac to be sent to finish block 4 and I still have to, with DMC thread, backstitch the words "Home is where the heart resides" on block 5 in the green below the house. The blocks each measure 20" x 20" and there will be a border around the outer edge.

This quilt has taught me colours, piecing and that it is not that hard to make stars! I'm having a ball and as time goes on I will post more pics. I just hope when it comes to quilting it, the sewing machine can handle the size of the finished quilt.

My holiday gift!!!!

You cannot in my books go on a holiday without buying yourself a little gift. My hubby and I went to the Grampians for 8 nights and we had a wonderful time. While we were visiting that area of Victoria we went for a drive to Stawell and you can imagine how excited I was when I came across a lovely little craft shop. So while I ventured inside hubby stayed in the car and I had a ball.

I bought myself this lovely quilt pattern. It measures 20 1/2" x 24 1/2" so it should look great hanging on a wall. Now you cannot buy yourself a gift that is missing pieces so I bought fabric and lace to complete the quilt when I got home. Now to find the time to do it!!!

Here are 3 pieces of fabric (bought on our holidays) that I just had to have. I'm collecting pansy print fabric and as yet I don't know what I am going to do with it, but I know one day a pattern of some sort will jump out and bite me and I will be ready with pansy fabric waiting for me in Skinny cupboard.
So far I have 3 pansy fabrics and hope to get another 2. I keep a little piece of each in my bag at all times so that when I am visiting a town and I hear a quilting shop call out to me, I know exactly what I have home and don't buy more of the same.

As for the other 2 beautiful pieces of fabric in the photo, well I love floral fabric and how could I buy their friend 'Pansy' and not buy them and give them a good home too!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Table Runner

How lovely is this and although I would like to claim fame for having done it, I am unable to!

I have just received this beautiful christmas table runner from my forum swap partner Duchess. The christmas fabric is lovely and the work Duchess has put in to making this gift for me is wonderful.

It has inspired me to make a table runner and to give stipple quilting a try.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Inside Skinny

I have had a request to show inside Skinny cupboard so here she is in all her glory!!!

Still room left for that piece of material that I just have to have.

Work Area

After decking out skinny cupboard my work area is clearer and now I have room to make that next project without moving things before I start.

Not just a cupboard!

Meet skinny cupboard who now has pride of place in my sewing area in the breezeway. Why the name skinny cupboard you ask. Skinny cupboard along with her mate, fat cupboard, used to live and work in the schoolroom I had set up when teaching my 2 children School of the Air before they went away for secondary schooling. It was so much easier giving the cupboards names when speaking to the children........"go and get the pop sticks out of skinny cupboard". It just made the whole school day better if you didn't have to explain in detail to a little person just where things were. So skinny cupboard has had a face lift and now holds my small stash of material and other sewing things. I think my sewing days will be so much better now that I don't have to look through boxes to find what I am looking for. The coat rack to the side holds my latest creations.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Little basket

How cute is this. So much fun to make and you can let your imagination go when picking fabric. A great project if you have lots of little bits of material.

Sewing bag

I have joined a quilting group so needed something to put my sewing tools in.

Little bags

I just can't get enough bags. Big or small I enjoy making them and seeing them hanging around! The bag in the middle is for my daughter and it still needs the cord put in. I have put the flap up on this one so that you can see the pocket.